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From Beijing to Tokyo, Pang Wei’s persistence fulfils a childhood dream

Xinhua, Global Times – 28 July 2021 Olympic gold medal winner 35-year-old Pang Wei had both the hopes of a nation and his childhood dream weighing down on him as he aimed at the air pistol targets in Tokyo on Tuesday. This article on Global Times looks back on Pang’s rise to Olympic fame and…

Russia’s Pivot to Asia (China) After 2014: The Wrong Turn?

Sergey Sukhankin, The Jamestown Foundation – 8 June 2021 According to this article on The Jamestown Foundation, a number of flaws in Moscow’s Asia strategy have meant their ‘Pivot to Asia’ has not gone as planned. The author states that “the much-praised Sino-Russian partnership is in many ways a one-sided deal. Since 2014, while Beijing…

Opinion: Why does everyone assume that Russia and China are friends?

Isaac Stone Fish, The Washington Post – 26 May 2021 According to this article on The Washington Post, the popular supposition that China and Russia are close friends is too simple. The author mentions a frosty history between the two nations and Russian territorial interests as reasons for Moscow to build a closer relationship with…

South Korea’s relationships with China and the United States

Duncan Bartlett and Rory Green, China in Context Podcast – 19 May 2021 In this episode of Duncan Bartlett’s China in Context Podcast, the host talks with Rory Green, a TS Lombard economist, about the geopolitics surrounding South Korea’s complex relationship with China. The U.S. as an ally of South Korea and friendly relations between…

Strengthen Asia to Weaken Beijing

Walter Russell Mead, Wall Street Journal – 10 May 2021 In this opinion article on the Wall Street Journal, Walter Russell Mead states that “as with Japan in the 1930’s, China is merely a country tempted to exploit a temporary window of opportunity to transform the region in a way it hopes could guarantee its…

Washington is playing a losing game with China

Chas W Freeman Jr, East Asia Forum – 9 May 2021 “To hold its own with China, the United States must renew its competitive capacity and build a demonstrably better governed, better educated, more egalitarian, more open, more innovative, healthier, and freer society”. In this article on East Asia Forum, the author explains why Washington’s…